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Hopewell Ranked Fourth Best Place to Live in New Jersey, a culture and entertainment website, recently put together their list of the 10 best places to live in New Jersey. Homesnacks examined data on population, crime, income, education, unemployment, and commute for over 700 locations in the Garden State, eventually narrowing their list down to 407 places with a population over 5,000. The results? Hopewell Township finished with a ranking of fourth in the state, behind only Readington Township, Parsippany-Troy Hills Township, and Bernards Township! Read on to see the full top ten.

Renting Costs Continue to Rise

Thinking of renting your next place to live? You may want to reconsider. According to REIS Inc., a real estate research data firm, the average effective rent rose by 3.6% in the second quarter compared to the same time last year. In fact, renting costs have been rising quickly and continuously since 2012, with typical annual growth of around 4%.

REIS blames small supply for the ever-increasing cost to rent, and reports a vacancy rate of only 4.2%. However, relief may be coming soon, as the projection for units to be built this year, at 230,000, is nearly double average levels.

Fourth of July Jubilee

Looking for a fun event to celebrate the Fourth of July? Morven Museum & Garden is hosting its annual July 4th Jubilee this Saturday at the home-turned-museum of Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The event will feature live bluegrass music, BBQ, a meet & greet with Benjamin Franklin, and much more.

Best of all, admission is completely free! No registration is required, and feel free to bring the whole family!

For full details, visit the event page at

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